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Georgia's running backs are dropping like flies.
A few months back Georgia reported a violation in the recruitment of blue chip prospect Isaiah Crowell. While the nation’s top-rated senior back was in Athens, the coaching staff brought him onto the field at Sanford Stadium where the majority of the team was already assembled. Every player was there—except for the running back.
The "missing man" formation was designed to woo Crowell and stress his importance to the future of Georgia’s offense, and it ultimately resulted in a minor penalty for coach Mark Richt.
However, given the transfer of Washaun Ealey, the ineligibility of Caleb King and the suspension of Carlton Thomas, I’m starting to fear that the "missing man" formation might actually become a reality.
Where have all the backs gone?
To make matters worse, Georgia also lost senior fullbacks Shaun Chapas and Fred Munzenmaier to graduation.
What are the odds? How did this happen?
According to Richt, Crowell very well may get the start in the season-opener against Boise State, and many wanted that before the mass disappearance of scholarship backs even began. He will be joined by redshirt freshman Ken Malcome and Richard Samuel, who has returned to his original position after a brief stint at linebacker.
But Georgia will have only two running backs on their roster who carried the rock last season—Wes Van Duk and Josh Sailors combined for two carries and five yards against Idaho State.
What just happened in the backfield?